Based in the seaside town of Howth, county Dublin, OPTOPHONIC LTD is an Irish video production company. It was set up in 2001 by Paul Byrne and the late Derek Cronin to create high quality low cost video for the corporate and NGO sectors. Since its origins Optophonic has worked with a long list of clients in a variety of genres creating videos on time and on budget.
From The Beginning
Paul was a professional drummer/songwriter with 80s band In Tua Nua until they broke up in 1989. After that he set up a small Recording Studio in Howth called Yellow Moon Studios. In 1998 he went to work for ONIVA MEDIA PRODUCTIONS as an audio consultant working on their large multimedia projects. While there he got involved in video production and was trained as an editor on AVID by senior editor Roisin Leggett. Together they worked with large corporate clients such as Eircom and the IDA. While there he met composer/videographer Derek Cronin and after the demise of Oniva in 2001, they decided to go out on their own and form a production company to create Video, Audio and Music.
A Long List of Clients Past and Present
IAPI, Huawei Ireland, BT Ireland, European Investment Bank, Pharmaforce, The CCMA, Net Affinity, Integrity360, ESRI, The Executive Institute of Ireland, Data Ireland, The Pharmaceutical Managers Institute, The Medical Representatives Institute, Enterprise Ireland, Meath County Council, Fingal County Council, Mayo County Council, Grooveyard, World Vision, MS Ireland, Irish Society for Autism, The Irish Skin Foundation, Bank Of Scotland, Bord Bia, BIM, Kinetica Sports, Dept of Foreign Affairs, SAP SSC Ireland, Tandem HR Solutions, Alternatives, Kanchi, McGowans Print, Fine Gael, Creative Labs, Assistireland, SIMI, Carbery, Synergy, Fitsquad, Ann MacGee, Channel Content, Agtel, Loadzajobs, Arecibo, Downs Syndrome Ireland, Beamish, Accessibility, Kepak, Cash Stalls, UCB Pharma, Beaumont Hospital Foundation, Magma Films, TG4, Agtel, Tourism Ireland, Deer Park Golf, Shanes Howth Adventures, Veterinary Welfare & Educational Services.
Paul Byrne: Videographer and more...
Paul mostly works as a videographer, producing, filming and editing but his drumming and vocal skills are still in demand so he plays music on the weekends with various bands including The Guilty Party, In Tua Nua, The Drays and The Unelectables. While primarily a creative, Paul has a very strong organisational side also. Not only producing and organising video productions and shoots, Paul also curates and organises music and charity events. In 2017/18 he has organised and curated A Night For Aware at The Olympia Theatre, Fight The Big C at The Summit Inn Howth and The Howth Jazz & Blues Festival 2018. Since then he has gone on to organise the Howth Roots & Blues Festival in 2019 and 2022.